The author of this report has been ask to offer some reflection on leadership in light of what has been discussed, learned and pondered during the author of this report's current master program studies. Indeed, leadership is a very important facet of society, or organizations and of daily life. Every day, it seems that there are leaders who are engaging in abuses, are not upholding the higher standards that they can and should be held to and so forth. On the other hand, there are other leaders that push the envelope as much as they can in terms of doing the right thing, upholding the right values and leading with conviction. A major aggravating factor with all of this is that the scope, depth and bready of what the "right thing" is and what leaders are compelled to do is quite different from culture to culture or even from person to person. While it is impossible to please everyone when it comes to leadership, there are ways to bring the greatest amount of good and satisfaction when it comes to executing leadership duties.
The introduction made mention of the fact that many leaders are falling short in terms of ethical or legal standards. While some may react to this by saying that this is the "new normal" and that the required standards of leadership are being dumbed down or even ignored, there are others that way that those bad leaders are the exception and need to remain that way. At least, that is the observation of the author of this report. The author's thought on the matter is that the proverbial "bar" should not be lowered or otherwise made easier to attain. Leaders should indeed be held to higher standards just like is true for police officers, judges and so forth. These leaders possess a unique and advanced state in their personal universe and thus they have a duty to act in certain ways and avoid certain patterns. Just as one example, the author of this report is aware of the old adage about the fact that appearance of impropriety can be as bad (if not worse) than actual impropriety. For example, if an organization allows leaders to fraternize...
This is one of the many reasons organizations ban that practice outright.
Something else that has become obvious and apparent in today's society is that many leaders are wishy-washy or even flat-out hypocritical when it comes to the standards that they impose on other versus those that they imposed on themselves, even in ostensibly identical situations. Politicians are won't to make this a pervasive habit, if not an art form. For example, if a minority party exercises their filibuster or other minority party rights to block legislation or appointees for the majority party, the majority party often squeals and complains even though they would (or have) done the same precise thing when conditions and situations were reversed. An action is either wrong all of the time or none of the time, more or less. To be sure, there are situations that are outliers and that are unique and thus require special handling to remain logical and fair. However, one's moral and ethical compass should not be vary based on the source of who is saying or doing something. Leaders of more conventional organizations should be held to the same standard. If the marketing and other leaders of Company an assert that they are better in some ways as compared to Company B when it comes to advertising and the like, that is a common way of doing marketing. Unless the claims are false, the right of Company A to do that is pretty clear. However, if Company B does the same thing in return when it comes to what they do best, Company A has no standing to complain because they are doing it themselves from their own perspective.
Another problem that the author of this report sees in terms of leadership is lack of accountability. It seems to be rare and fleeting for a leader to just step up and say that they did the wrong thing or that they otherwise did not perform as they should have. If/when such a thing comes to pass,…
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